wesley123 wrote:1. A fan to create downforce? Remembered what happened with the fan car? The thing sucked all kinds of things from the surface, great to have all these rocks and marbles thrown at you in the slipstream.
2. A fan driven by the engine increasing fuel consumption? Are you actually following current things in the world? Not only on rules basis but also on political and ethical basis that is just a stupid idea.
Sorry, but NO.
Lets clear this up. There is NO fan! The system i described uses the exhaust of the turbines to generate downforce, there is no air being sucked from under the floor. And the exit points upwards so no debris could be 'fired' at other cars. Remember the huge loss of drag by removing wings i described? That will offset the extra fuel consumption to some extent. Now imagine the air for the turbine flows over the radiators first, smaller rads = less drag = better fuel efficiency. Most importantly, by shifting the primary method of downforce generation away from wings, the cars will slipstream properly and not lose grip when following closely.
To clarify the automatic tire deflation thing (i really should have explained this properly
): the tire could have a small explosive in it which detonates when the upright separates from the chassis. If a tire was incorrectly fitted and fell off, the driver might have time to trigger a secondary explosive from the cockpit, not great but otherwise removing tires in a pitstop could also result in potentially dangerous detonation. (if anyone can see a good way around this problem please post it)